By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
September 15, 2021

Have others complained about sleeping around you because of your loud snoring? Do you wake up after a long night’s sleep feeling groggy and exhausted instead of refreshed? These may be signs that you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea. Your ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, are here to explain what obstructive sleep apnea is and how it can be treated.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, it’s usually because the jaw is slightly misaligned and your tongue can block your airway, causing you to snore or experience pauses in your breath while sleeping. There are some common symptoms to be aware of with obstructive sleep apnea, including:

● Snoring
● Pauses in the breath
● Grogginess
● Inability to focus
● Inability to feel fully rested
● Extreme drowsiness during the day
● Persistent nighttime urination
● Restlessness during sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea can occur in anyone but is most common in those over 50 or those that are overweight.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a number of ways that your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, may recommend treating your obstructive sleep apnea. You may have to make some lifestyle changes, like switching to a healthier diet, but they also may recommend using a CPAP machine to regulate your breathing and open your airway. You may also be given a mouthguard-like device that is used to reposition the jaw and make it easier for your airway to stay open.

Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!

Don’t let obstructive sleep apnea go untreated! Contact your ENT doctor in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, today to learn more about treating obstructive sleep apnea. Call the office at Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646, the office in Simi Valley, at (805) 527-7320, the office in Oxnard, at (805) 983-0395, or the office in Camarillo, CA, at (805) 484-5929 today!

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
August 13, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology

How your ENT doctors in Thousand Oaks, CA, can help you sleep better

Do you still feel drowsy in the morning? Have you been told you snore? If this sounds familiar, you could have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can shorten your life. Fortunately, it’s also easily treatable, but you need to visit your ENT specialist for help.

The ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, Head And Neck Surgery offer a wide range of ENT services, including sleep apnea treatment, and treatment of ear infections, sinus surgery, thyroid surgery, allergy, and hearing loss. They have convenient office locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, to help you.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing. The relaxed tissue partially or completely blocks your airway while you sleep, causing a lack of oxygen to reach your vital organs. This lack of oxygen can increase your risk of having a stroke, acquiring diabetes, suffering from heart disease, or other serious medical condition.

You may have obstructive sleep apnea if you:

● Are told you snore loudly and frequently
● Wake up gasping for air or choking
● Experience a headache when you wake up
● Have a sore throat when you wake up
● Feel drowsy or groggy during the day
● Have problems concentrating or focusing

The first step in treating sleep apnea is having a sleep study done to confirm you have sleep apnea. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are a few different methods of treatment:

A Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, known as a CPAP; the CPAP has a mask that fits over your nose and mouth. The mask is attached to a device that provides continuous air to your airways throughout the night.

An oral mandibular advancement appliance; you wear this appliance while you sleep, and it holds your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open.

You can help prevent snoring and airway issues if you:

● Avoid drinking alcohol before bed
● Avoid taking sedatives before bed
● Take a decongestant before bed

To learn more about treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and other ENT services, call the ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat, Head And Neck Surgery. You can reach them in Thousand Oaks, CA, at (805) 379-9646, in Simi Valley, at (805) 527-7320, in Oxnard, at (805) 983-0395, or in Camarillo, CA, at (805) 484-5929, so call now.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
May 24, 2021
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Talking to a friend, speaking on the telephone, watching a movie and many other everyday activities can become frustratingly difficult when you can't hear well. Fortunately, your ear, nose, and throat doctors (ENTs) at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, offer treatments that may improve your hearing loss symptoms.

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Aging
  • Earwax buildup
  • Fluid in your ear due to an ear infection
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • A ruptured eardrum
  • Bone or eardrum abnormalities
  • Illnesses or medication side effects
  • Otosclerosis, a condition that happens due to an overgrowth of bones in the middle ear
  • A benign (non-cancerous) tumor on the nerve that travels from your brain to your inner ear
  • Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears

What can be done about hearing loss?

During your visit to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, or Camarillo ENT office, your doctor will perform a thorough examination and review your symptoms and medical history.

Hearing loss treatment will depend on your diagnosis. If your hearing problem is caused by wax buildup or an ear infection, removing the wax or treating the infection with antibiotics and decongestants will likely improve your hearing. Tubes that drain the ears can be helpful if fluid buildup in the ears is a chronic problem. In some cases, surgery might be needed to treat hearing loss caused by bone or nerve issues.

A hearing aid may be a good option if hearing loss is due to damaged hair cells in the inner ear. Hair cell damage can occur due to aging, diseases, exposure to loud noises, or medication side effects. Hearing aids decrease background noise and amplify sounds, improving your ability to follow a conversation or hear the dialogue over the music at the movie theater.

Have you noticed a change in your hearing? Your Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, and Camarillo, CA, ENTs at West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat can determine the source of your hearing loss and recommend treatment options.

You can reach the doctors by calling (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office, (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard office, or (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo office.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
February 09, 2021
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: Ear Infection  

Would you recognize the warning signs of an ear infection, especially in your children?

While anyone can develop an ear infection, our Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors often treat young children the most. Middle ear infections tend to be the most common childhood infection that often brings them into our office for treatment. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of an ear infection, particularly in young children, so you can seek immediate care when needed.

Common signs of a middle ear infection in children include,

  • Ear pain
  • Fullness or pressure in the ear
  • Fever

Of course, while older children can vocalize what they are feeling, babies and toddlers cannot. Newborns and little ones may simply become clingy or fussier. They may also cry whenever you place them down for a nap or to go to sleep. Children with ear infections may wake up throughout the night because of the pain. Children may also pull at the affected ear.

If your child is displaying these symptoms suddenly, your child could have an ear infection and it’s a good idea to call our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologist to determine what steps to take next.

Will an ear infection go away on its own?

In many cases, ear infections will go away without treatment. Of course, it’s still a good idea to visit your ENT doctor, who can provide solutions to help your child manage their pain while the infection clears up. In some cases, antibiotics may be necessary.

If your child is prone to ear infections you may wish to talk with our team about other strategies to lessen the chances for future ear infections, as recurring infections could impact their hearing or cause other complications.

When should I see an otolaryngologist?

It’s a good idea to visit our ENT team if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms,

  • A fever of 102 F or higher
  • Symptoms that are only getting worse
  • Trouble hearing
  • Fluid or pus draining from the ear

Of course, if you or your child’s symptoms are severe it’s always a good idea to play it safe and see a doctor. Our team can easily examine the infection and determine whether antibiotics are needed.

West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat provides comprehensive, gentle and caring ear, nose and throat care to patients of all ages living in and around Thousand Oaks, Simi, Oxnard and Camarillo, CA. If you or your little one is experiencing symptoms of an ear infection and you want to know whether you should come in for a checkup, call us today. Call our Thousand Oaks, CA, office at (805) 379-9646, Simi Valley, CA, office at (805) 527-7320, Oxnard, CA, office at (805) 983-0395, or our Camarillo, CA, office at (805) 484-5929.

By West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat
January 19, 2021
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: ent doctor   ENT  

Could you benefit from a visit to the ENT doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose, Throat in Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA? The doctors treat a variety of conditions and illnesses ranging from sinusitis to sleep apnea to hearing loss.

Make an ENT appointment if you have these symptoms

Ear, nose, and throat doctors treat illnesses and conditions that affect the throat, larynx (voice box), nose, sinuses, ears, and mouth. Call the Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT office if you're concerned about:

  • Chronic Sinusitis: If you've had sinusitis symptoms for three months or longer or have frequent bouts of sinusitis, it's a good idea to see the ENT. Your doctor can offer medications or procedures that ease nasal congestion, pain, headaches, pressure, and other sinusitis symptoms.
  • A Sore Throat That Won't Go Away: A sore throat often accompanies a viral infection and usually gets better on its own. Let your ENT know if your sore throat lasts longer than a week or keeps coming back.
  • Frequent Nosebleeds: When nosebleeds happen often, your ENT can diagnose the cause of the problem and offer helpful treatments.
  • Trouble Hearing: Have you been having trouble hearing lately? Hearing issues can be caused by impacted ear wax, age-related changes in your ear, ear infections, head injuries, exposure to loud noises, and certain diseases.
  • Dizziness and Vertigo: Dizziness or vertigo can be related to inner ear issues. Your ENT offers treatments that will prevent or reduce bouts of dizziness or vertigo.
  • Ear Infections: Ear infections can happen at any age, although they're particularly common in children.
  • Allergies: ENTs can help you deal with sneezing, congestion, coughing, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms.
  • Voice Changes: Make an appointment with your ENT if laryngitis, hoarseness, or other voice changes last more than a few weeks.
  • Loud Snoring and Daytime Drowsiness: These symptoms may be caused by sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that causes short breathing pauses throughout the night. Treatment can help you avoid heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health conditions related to sleep apnea.
  • Other Issues: It's also important to see your ENT if you have trouble swallowing, notice a lump on your neck, or have frequent tonsillitis or adenoiditis.

Is it time for a visit to your Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENTs? Schedule an appointment by calling (805) 379-9646 for the Thousand Oaks office, (805) 527-7320 for the Simi Valley office, (805) 983-0395 for the Oxnard office, or (805) 484-5929 for the Camarillo office.

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